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St. Patrick’s Parade on St. Patrick’s Day

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On Saturday, March 17, 2018 beginning at 12 pm, the Covington Celtic Club will host its Second Annual St. Patrick’s Parade and Celebration throughout historic Downtown Covington. After much positive response from the community and participants in the inaugural year (2017), CCC is excited to march again! Parade will begin at the Columbia Street Taproom, turn onto Gibson, head towards Lee Lane and then down Rutland Street, ending at Jewel’s Cigar and Briar at the corner of Rutland and New Hampshire, where a block party will take place featuring food, drinks and live music.

Some businesses along the route are having their own mini-parade watch parties including The English Tea Room and Eatery on Rutland Street. In addition to the 75+ (and growing!) CCC members handing out the traditional paper flowers, the parade itself includes a lineup of Irish Wolfhounds, bagpipers, Irish dancers, British cars, St. Paul’s Marching Band, Covington Fire Department (in kilts!), The Fools of Misrule, a special surprise guest Grand Marshal, Mayor Mike Cooper, Northlake Performing Arts Society, The Covington Bicycle Club, and more!
Cody Ludwig, president of CCC who is heading the effort of continuing to bring a festive, family-friendly St. Patrick’s celebration to the Northshore community along with her husband Nick Ludwig explained, “Both of us have Irish blood in our veins… but it was Nick’s great-grandfather, John J. Sheahan, the New York City St. Patrick’s Day Parade Chariman from 1939-1958, who inspired us to bring such a wonderful celebration steeped in tradition to Covington.” Mr. Sheahan was one of the 250-year-old parade’s longest serving chairmen and most notable for bringing the first sitting U.S. President to the NYC St. Patrick’s Parade, Harry S. Truman, in 1948.
Each year, in mid-March, millions of the Irish, both native and by descent, together with friends of all ancestries celebrate Ireland’s patron saint, Patrick… CCC looks forward to once again bringing that time-honored tradition to historic downtown Covington! It is even more special that this year St. Patrick’s Day falls on a Saturday allowing the club and parade to march on the traditional feast day. Whether you’re Irish or not, we invite everyone on the Northshore and beyond to reel in our historic streets, celebrated St. Patrick’s Day and see how our restaurants, local businesses, and shops throw a celebration to remember!

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Jewel’s Cigar & Briar Christmas Party

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Jewels’s Cigar & Briar hosts their annual Christmas party on Saturday, December 16, 2017 from 2 p.m. To 5 p.m. Expect specials, food, merriment, and of course, good company! Located at 201 N. New Hampshire Street.Jewel’s Cigar & Briar will be open on Christmas Eve (Sunday, December 24th) for any last minute shopping you still have left. Carrying imported cigars, a variety of pipe tobacco and briar pipes. You will also find in stock a large selection of lighters, including Zippo, Rocky Patel and Vector. Other accessories include ashtrays, hand-carved walking canes, SunBody Palm Leaf hats in many styles, t-shirts, collectibles and more. Jewel’s Cigar & Briar hours through the week: Mon. – Fri., 10 a.m. To 6 p.m. Saturday hours are 10 a.m. To 5 p.m. Call 985-892-5746

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St. Patrick’s Parade & Celebration

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On Saturday, March 11, 2017 at 12pm, The Covington Celtic Club will hold its inaugural St. Patrick’s Parade and Celebration throughout historic downtown Covington. After cancelling due to the March Flood last year, the marching krewe is excited to debut its parade in 2017.

The parade will begin at the Columbia Street Taproom, turn onto Gibson St., head down Lee Lane and then onto Rutland St., ending at Jewel’s Cigar & Briar, on the corner of Rutland and New Hampshire Streets.  A block party will then take place featuring food, drinks and live music.  St. Kilda Celtic band begins at 1pm, followed by bagpipers, and the Northshore Performing Arts Society.  The Abita Blues Band is set to round out the celebration!

Several businesses along the route are having their own mini-parade watch parties, including Meribo on Lee Lane and The English Tea Room & Eatery on Rutland Street.  In addition to the CCC marchers handing out traditional paper flowers, the parade itself includes a lineup of Irish wolfhounds, bagpipers, Irih dancers, British cars, the St. Paul’s Marching band, Covington Fire Department marchers (in kilts!), The Fools of Misrule and their float, Grand Marshall Tom Fitzmorris, Mayor Mike Cooper, Northlake Performing Arts Society, The Covington Bicycle Club, and more!
Cody Ludwig, president of CCC, who is heading the effort to bring a festive, family-friendly St. Patrick’s celebration to the Northshore community along with her husband Nick Ludwig, explains:  “Both of us have Irish blood in our veins… but it was Nick’s great-grandfather, John J. Sheahan, the New York City St. Patrick’s Day Parade Chairman from 1939-1958, who inspired us to bring such a wonderful celebration steeped in tradition to Covington.”

Harry Truman, Thomas Dewey & John Sheahan at the St. Patrick’s Parade, 1948. Acme Press

Mr. Sheahan was one of the 250-year- old parade’s longest serving chairmen and most notable for bringing the first sitting U.S. President to the NYC St. Patrick’s Parade, Harry S. Truman, in 1948.  Today, the Ludwigs are thrilled to help spearhead the organization of the Covington parade and therefore the Covington Celtic Club.  Each year, in mid-March, millions of the Irish, both native and by descent, come together with friends of all ancestries celebrate Ireland’s patron saint, Patrick… CCC looks forward to bringing that time-honored tradition to historic downtown Covington!  For more information, call 985-373-0623.  See the flyer below for more details!

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Coffee With Mayor Cooper Recap

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Mayor Cooper Highlights 2017 City Events

Wednesday was a beautiful morning for Coffee With Mayor Cooper at the Covington Trailhead Museum. The room was packed, and Mayor Cooper discussed some of the upcoming events in 2017.
The Lions Club Parade, Covington’s family oriented day parade, is getting an upgrade.  Patrick McKnight, the Covington Lions Club Chairman, invites participants to the 58th Annual Mardi Gras Day Parade!  This year’s theme is “Playtime.”  The 2017 Covington Lions Club Honorary Grand Marshall is Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser, and you could be right there along with him.
After the parade, be sure to catch the merriment at the Covington Trailhead with an awards ceremony for the floats and antique cars.  Music, food and fun await at Carnival in Covington 2017, a family Fat Tuesday tradition.  To pick up an application, or for more information, contact Kirstie at the Department of Cultural Arts, phone number 985-892-1873.  The Krewe of Olympia parade  rolls on Saturday, February 18, 2017.
The Mayor mentioned a couple of March events, a St. Patrick’s Day Parade on March 11, presented by the Covington Celtic Club and ending near Jewel’s Cigar & Briar.  Also happening in March is the Youth Service Bureau annual fundraiser, Chef Soiree.  This event will again take place at the Covington Trailhead with some of the best restaurants on the Northshore participating.
April brings some of Downtown’s most popular events, with the return of Rockin’ the Rails (Line up will be posted as soon as it’s finalized by the City!), St. Tammany Art Association’s Spring For Art, and of course, A Taste of Covington, both taking place the second week/weekend of April!  The Covington Heritage Foundation Antiques Festival returns the third weekend of April also, and the OnStage at the Fuhrmann series continues through 2017.
Mayor Cooper turned the floor over to Covington Police Chief Tim Lentz with regard to the Police’s Department’s award from the Metropolitan Crime Commission.  The MCC awarded the Department the Excellence in Law Enforcement Award in recognition of Operation Angel, a drug abatement and crime prevention initiative.  The award was received January 24, 2017.  Chief Lentz noted that over 100 people have been helped by the program, and crime is down %14 overall for 2016.

Mayor Cooper Discusses Road Projects

Mayor Cooper’s informal meeting also included some important information about the much anticipated road work projects around Covington.  He related that the contractor working on the 15th Avenue Bridge at Mile Branch gave assurances that it would be completed at the end of this week(!), when the official notification is given from the City, Covington Weekly will update.
With regard to the Washout Project on 15th, Mayor Cooper stated that Open Bidding begins February 8, and Bids are selected by DOTD.  Cooper also noted that the culverts would be replaced to increase capacity, with the project focusing on DOTD upgrades as opposed to FEMA requirements.  The Mayor also informed the audience that Councilman Wright is hosting a meeting for River Forest Residents at Kehoe France on Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017, with regard to that project and other street paving projects.
Mayor Cooper reported that the Highway 21 Bridge Project is on schedule, with State projections for a finish date at late Spring/ early Summer;  Cooper added that his projections were late summer, to the agreement and amusement of those in the audience skeptical of road work finish dates.

Public Feedback at Coffee With Cooper

Two separate issues discussed as questions from the audience included incidents of speeding in and near the Savannahs Subdivision, and sewerage infrastructure.
The speeding problem stems from the fact that the neighborhood is used as a cut-through when it should be local access only.  Mayor Cooper noted that the speed limit was dropped to 20 mph, stop signs were added, and patrols increased, but there are still speeders.
In other areas of the country, police departments have installed a speed check with a camera that will take a picture of the license plate and automatically send a ticket to the speeding vehicle.  While this method has been contested depending on the application, it seems both a reasonable and feasible solution to a continuing problem that has not been solved by traditional and previously mentioned measures.
The sewerage infrastructure issue is a common one in the city ever since the flooding of March 2016.  Other factors affecting sewerage and plumbing infrastructure include root intrusion, common in areas with many trees.

City of Covington Special Municipal Election

The City of Covington holds a special Municipal Election to fill the Council Seat formerly held by Lee Alexius, who passed away last year.  Mr. Alexius is remembered as a family man, dedicated council member and founding member of the Covington Heritage Foundation, among many other contributions to the community.  The qualifying candidates in the March 25th election are Trey Blackall, Jerry Coner and Patrick McMath.

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Keep It Local!

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Keep It Local in Historic Downtown Covington for unique and personalized gifts this shopping season.  From hand carved figurines at Roy’s Knife & Archery to hand made jewelry at Shop Soul Boutique, a selection of 200 loose teas at The English Tea Room & Eatery or a wall to wall selection of eclectic gifts at Zita’s, Covington is home to a great variety of friendly retailers.
Columbia Street shopping features clothing and shoes for women and children (The Olive Patch, Shouffle, Columbia Street Mercantile), hardware/outdoor gear, art supplies (H.J. Smith & Sons, Roy’s Knife & Archery, Mo’s Art Supply), plus the dining!  Gift certificates are available at most of your favorite restaurants, share the love.
Lee Lane once again presents “Christmas in the Country,” beginning the day after Thanksgiving and continuing every Saturday through December, featuring shopping, food and fun!  Look for live music, refreshments, sales, and more.  All the shops will be beautifully decorated and aglow with the warmth of the holidays.

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Covington Weekly is thankful for our great advertisers that span retail, professional services, restaurants, clubs and more.  Be sure to visit them this holiday season and support them, because they are the heart of our town.
The English Tea Room & Eatery, Rosemary’s Closet and Brooks’ Bike Shop are a few of our longstanding business partners, don’t miss the Tea Room’s sale, a couple of columns over!  The Green Room and Columbia Street Rock N Blues Cafe consistently bring some of the best live music and entertainment to the downtown area, and Rock N Blues is open for lunch Wednesday through Saturday.  Jewel’s Cigar and Briar is a great stop for conversation and more, now featuring specials on Rocky Patel lighters.

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Many of our local businesses offer Gift Certificates as well. This holiday season, give the gift of pizza by purchasing a Colonna’s Pizzeria Gift Certificate for that pizza lover on your list.  It also makes a good gift for yourself after a long day of shopping!    colonnaspizzeria.com

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Our Place Studio is offering some great holiday specials for those looking to get an early start on their New Year’s Resolutions.

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Zita’s in Covington, and now in Mandeville, will give 10% off purchases with the coupon on the back of the page.  Go paperless!  Bring the picture in on your phone also!

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Hey! Happy Fracking New Year!!!

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by Timothy Achan Gates

Covington Weekly began with the intention of promoting all that Historic Downtown Covington has to offer, and we would like to thank our advertisers who have supported our vision. The English Tea Room was CW’s very first advertiser, and we watched their business grow through the years, as CW grew. Our Place Studio has been with us for a couple of years, Liz Bragdon providing insightful articles with exciting and new approaches to movement exercise and yogic disciplines. History Antiques & Interiors celebrates their third year downtown, filled with eclectic treasures.

Justin Brien offers a very disciplined and rational approach to rehabilitative exercise and general movement through Natural Movement Solutions, located in the Village Walk area. Goodbee Plumbing recently moved to downtown Covington, a testament to the business they do here locally. Then there’s Columbia Street Rock N Blues Cafe, with salads, solid pub fare and nightlife, and The Green Room, offering drink specials and late night food on the weekends courtesy of Phil at Baba Ganoush.  Zita’s joined this past year, and we wish Jack and Zita well with their brand new location in Mandeville and continued success at their location in Covington.

Without Robert Sturcken at the Center Of Performing Arts, I probably wouldn’t have been able to play half of the gigs I’ve played in the last couple of years. Jewel’s Cigar and Briar is a great place to sit, relax and catch up, and it’s sometimes difficult to start the day without stopping in to St. John’s Coffeehouse. The list would certainly not be complete without Rosemary’s Closet, who has supplied a good portion of Chelsea’s wardrobe, as well as mine, and Brooks’ Bike Shop, who keeps our bikes in order. Jerry Braswell was helpful in CW’s growth, and we wish a good, full recovery to him. Thanks to the Covington Business Association for promoting downtown Covington, and maybe 2016 will be the year that the CBA can step up and act as an even greater liaison between the City and businesses.

 

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Shop Local This Holiday Season

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What does it mean to “vote with your dollar”? More and more people everywhere have decided to “vote” for stronger, healthier communities by shopping with locally owned businesses. This movement comes from the understanding that local businesses support long term sustainability rather than just short term wealth. How does supporting local business help support us?

Locally owned businesses often purchase from other local businesses, service providers and farms. This, along with payroll, taxes and involvement in community events helps to support your local economy. The unique character of Covington is defined to a large part by our wonderful local businesses, and the overall impression of a community is often characterized by this.

A city’s business district ties in closely with its tourism. “When people go on vacation they generally seek out destinations that offer them a sense of being someplace, not just anyplace.” Says Richard Moe, past President of the National Trust For Historic Preservation. In other words, as far as tourism goes, it pays to be unique.

Perhaps most importantly, supporting local business means supporting local people. When you shop locally, you are personally helping members of your community buy their family Christmas presents, sign their children up for art classes, or even give end-of-the-year bonuses!

Three Great Local Business

The English Tea Room

Shop Local English Tea RoomThe Tea Room serves over 100 loose leaf teas from around the world, as well as housing an incredible collection of one of a kind tea accessories.

Jewels Cigar & BriarShop Local Jewel's Cigar & Briar

Jewel’s offers a wide selection of cigars, pipe tobacco and fine tobacco. Stop in and wish Pat and Jewel Clanton congratulations on their new baby great-grandson, Lane!

Shop Local Mo's Art Supply & FramingMo’s Art Supply & Framing

Mo’s offers art supplies, art gifts, professional art restoration, custom framing and now office supplies! Get the perfect gift for any art enthusiast!